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I'm currently supposed to be doing my English Lit A2 Coursework - the one where you have to compare two books of your choice. For others who are doing it/those who have done it can anyone give advice on how you decided what to write?

Did you involve critics opinions? How do you get the "close analysis of language" in when you've got the whole of two books to focus on? How did you get notes etc?

My two books are Hotel du Lac and Room with a View and my question is "how does the foreign setting influence the protagonists"

Any help would be appreciated because I am REALLY stuck for what to write, and this never happens to me. :eek:
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With the notes, I made a list of similar things (ie. main character traits, themes, attitudes) and a list of differences. Then I basically worked my way up from there :dontknow: Make sure you include a language analysis I guess really you just need to look at the similarities and differences of each book - but relating it to the question...!
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I made the language analysis easier by choosing a poem instead of two novels. And for my novel (Wuthering Heights) I just focused on the first half of the book.

I wrote a huge plan with key words and ideas, quotes, etc, which helped me organise the similarities and differences. And I've included two critics' opinions.
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I made the language analysis easier by choosing a poem instead of two novels.
Can I ask what poem you chose, how you chose it, and what your question is please?

(Original post by Vickyy)
I wrote a huge plan with key words and ideas, quotes, etc, which helped me organise the similarities and differences.
Did you make notes on the book and poems before you wrote your plan? And how long did it take you to write your plan?

(Original post by Vickyy)
And I've included two critics' opinions.
Did you get these off the internet?!

Thanks for your help Sorry about the endless questions.. it's just quite disconcerting to suddenly be thrown by a piece of coursework when I've never had problems with english before!!
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Can I ask what poem you chose, how you chose it, and what your question is please?

Did you make notes on the book and poems before you wrote your plan? And how long did it take you to write your plan?

Did you get these off the internet?!

Thanks for your help Sorry about the endless questions.. it's just quite disconcerting to suddenly be thrown by a piece of coursework when I've never had problems with english before!!
- I know you're meant to do two texts, but since my poems are so short my teacher suggested that I do two poems and a novel. So mine is on 'Since feeling is first' by cummings (one of my favourite poems), 'Wuthering Heights' (my favourite novel) and also 'The Flea' by Donne. I'm comparing the representation of romantic love in different time periods.

- I made annotated notes on each text individually, then made links between them. So I had a big brainstorm type thing, and then an ordered plan. It didn't take too long. Just an outline of where the essay was going in each paragraph and what quotes to include. Collecting quotes really helped my ideas, actually.

- I got one from the internet (just googled and found a few good excerpts) and one from a book from the library.

I don't know what grade I've got for this yet, though, so I'm just offering my opinion. I'm sure once you get writing you'll be fine.
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just wondering whether anyone has a clue of the grade boundarys of thiscoursework?
my teacher has marked both my pieces and i've got 50/60
anyopne know whether this is an A or a B?
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just wondering whether anyone has a clue of the grade boundarys of thiscoursework?
my teacher has marked both my pieces and i've got 50/60
anyopne know whether this is an A or a B?
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I think it is 26/30 for A boundary per coursework, so they mark them seperate and then aggregate the scores to get one out of 60. So an A from both pieces of coursework would be 52/60!
Im sure you could get an extra 2 marks somewhere
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In your answer you must cover all AO's, compare AND contrast the books.
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just wondering whether anyone has a clue of the grade boundarys of thiscoursework?
my teacher has marked both my pieces and i've got 50/60
anyopne know whether this is an A or a B?
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In recent exam series it has been 48/60 and 50/60 for an A (but that was for the AS coursework unit, I'm not sure whether A2 would be the same).
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Isn't coursework out of 80?
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[QUOTE=haaaza23]In recent exam series it has been 48/60 and 50/60 QUOTE]

Isn't coursework out of 80?
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[QUOTE=glycogen]
(Original post by haaaza23)
In recent exam series it has been 48/60 and 50/60 QUOTE]

Isn't coursework out of 80?
/60 is the RAW marks
/80 is UMS (what we see on exam results slips)

So in January 2009, it was 48/60 RAW, 64/80 UMS for an A
But in June 2009, it was 50/60 RAW, still 64/80 UMS for an A
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[QUOTE=haaaza23]
(Original post by glycogen)

/60 is the RAW marks
/80 is UMS (what we see on exam results slips)

So in January 2009, it was 48/60 RAW, 64/80 UMS for an A
But in June 2009, it was 50/60 RAW, still 64/80 UMS for an A
Ahh thanks for clearing this up...=]
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[QUOTE=haaaza23]
(Original post by glycogen)

/60 is the RAW marks
/80 is UMS (what we see on exam results slips)

So in January 2009, it was 48/60 RAW, 64/80 UMS for an A
But in June 2009, it was 50/60 RAW, still 64/80 UMS for an A
I goit told i need 26 in each coursework for an A.
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[QUOTE=whatistheanswer???]
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I goit told i need 26 in each coursework for an A.
yeppp...26+26=52/60

so it works out the sameish; probs got moderated down
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To me, 26/30 seems relatively high for an A I'd say 24/25 sounds about right.
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does anybody know what the rules are on having a tutor whilst completing your coursework. is there any need fr them to fill out a form for the help the give or is it completely forbidden..
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i think there is some form bur amnot completely sure
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I'm sure it's not completely forbidden, because there's a tutor who gives people extra help like that at my school. I don't know about the form, though. Ask your teacher.
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It's a B. 54 is an A, 46 is a B and 57 in A*. They're pretty tight :P
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